One of the best things about the flower show is the Floral Marquee, where specialist growers set up displays to exhibit their latest varieties. What is interesting is that there is a nursery somewhere specialise in every sort of flower you could imagine, from fashionable plants like echinacea to old favourites like chrysanthemums.
I was particularly drawn by a display of lilies. The frangrance was so strong that it literally filled the whole marquee, and at each door, there was a strong current of warm, lily scented air coming out.
There were colours I had never seen anywhere before, and I am determined to get some in the plot for next year.
One of the great things about gardening is that your garden is never complete – you can always add something else, like a never finished work of art. If one year doesn’t work out as well as you had hoped, you can always look forward to the next one.
I am already thinking that next year might be a cut flower year, where I try to cultivate enough flowers to keep the flat supplies with gorgeous flowers all year. Now there is a new challenge.